False Creek Rowing Club (FCRC) is a volunteer-run recreational rowing club located in Vanier Park on False Creek, right in beautiful downtown Vancouver. False Creek allows for up to 3 kilometres of rowing (one way!) and is easily accessible for anyone living near or around Vancouver. We offer lessons for beginners in the Spring and Summer, and year-round rowing for our members. If you are an experienced rower and want to drop in for a row to try us out, please contact us! FCRC is a small club that works hard to provide a warm, welcoming and safe environment for folks to come row and create community. In fact, our code of conduct reads as follows:
Be Safe – Be Welcoming – Be Respectful
We are proud of the people who are part of our family: they range from participants in our Community Rowing programs (which is supported by Rowing BC and Rowing Canada Aviron) to people like Andrea Proske who is representing Canada at the Tokyo Olympics in Canada’s Womens 8+ and our club at the Henley Royal Regatta and Tricia Smith, who is a member of the International Olympic Committee and a President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Not everyone is fast, but we do ask that all those who are part of our community support the values in our code of conduct.
Meet the board
We really heavily on our board of volunteers to keep the club running. Without the efforts of every board member, the club would not be able to exist. We elect new members in June each year, and are always looking to grow the team. Each board member has a specific role at the club, so you know who to reach out to if you have specific questions/issues.
- Simon Litherland – President
Simon is the heart of the club, having been around since the very beginning. His is also very talented at obtaining grants and funding for us, so think of him every time you are in a snazzy new boat! He also currently organizes the Regatta, although we would love an additional board member to take on this seasonal role.
- Lauren Ibister – Secretary
Lauren also has a long history with the club, and even though she no longer rows with us, she is still keeping us organized and on track.
- Daniel Jun – Treasurer
Daniel kindly stepped in when we were in a tight spot. He will be resigning in June 2022 – so we are on the look out for a new treasurer. Please let us know if you think you can help.
- Eve Limbrick-Oldfield – Member at large (Membership)
Eve is the person to talk to if you have a membership issue you want to bring to the board. She also has a Learn-to-Row side hustle, although we are hoping to find an additional board member to have LTR oversight for the coming seasons.
- Don Marshall – Member at large (Safe sports)
In addition to being out engine expert, Don is responsible for ensuring the club is a safe and welcoming environment for all participants.
- Carolyn Oliver – Member at large (Community rowing)
Carolyn is responsible for collaborating with Rowing BC to bring low cost rowing programs to those who would not normally find rowing an accessible sport. She is also our Complaints Officer.
- Sam Roberts – Member at large (Coaches)
Sam joined in 2021 and has taken our coaching and programming to a new level, offering a more structured and supportive environment to our coaches. Sam is the board member with a direct line to the coaches, and how programming is run.